In the spotlight:
- Peter Henderson Bryce Award - for outstanding leadership in promoting the safety, health or well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth (2019 - adult category)
The Reconciling History initiative invites people to learn from the past in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action. By learning about the complete and true story of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, we can all have a better understanding of how we can contribute to reconciliation in meaningful ways.
Canada has a long history of knowing about the inequalities faced by Indigenous children and their families and choosing not to act. There are stories, both written and told, of Indigenous children, families and communities who took steps to resist and attempt to change the residential school system. There are over 100 years of reports, articles, books, inquiries and commissions written by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples outlining the inequalities and providing solutions.
Reconciling History provides an opportunity to learn about Canada’s treatment of Indigenous children and families in a way that links lessons of history to contemporary injustices. It is an opportunity demonstrate why reconciliation should move beyond describing the past to learning from it.